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Kuwait
I am not going to argue your facts about Camel Spiders, merely add some witnesed facts to them.
When my ARMY unit was deployed in Iraq back in 03 we came across what we would come to know as a Camel Spider, it was dead so we took some measurements. The thing measured just under 10 inches

(including the legs) and had a good 3/4 inch bite, it was something we didn't want to run across while it was still alive. Sure enough we never saw one again in Iraq, Kuwait was a diffrent story. We must have seen at least a dozen of them walking together down our motorpool and scared the crap out of everyone. The next day there was one right out side our tent (the tents we had were 10 feet high) and the damn thing jumped on top of it effectively clearing out the immediate area of any human presence. I came across someone a week later who had a run in with one with a 8 inch patch on his back where a Camel Spider had effectively eaten about 1/4 inch deep 5 inch round area out of him.

I find your truths about their size, jumping abilities and threat to humans, may be accurate for some species but not for the ones I witnesed with my own two eyes.

Corpral, U.S. ARMY


Nevada
Hi, I teach kindergarten in Henderson, Nv. The first week of school one day while the kids were packing up they said, "There's a big spider over here!" Since 5 year olds tend to freak out over a small jumping spider I was not concerned. I walked over and saw a 2 inch camel spider on the ground. I had NO IDEA what it was and told the kids to back up. I then placed a plastic basket over it. Then a large clay bowl on top of the basket. Then, still feeling uneasy, I put a chair on top and wrote signs saying "Keep away!!! Very large spider under basket!!!" I had the 4th grade science teacher (who hates spiders) come down after school and together we got it into a jar with holes in the top. Then we went to the computer room and looked on the internet and found out what it was. OK, so it's not poisonous, but it's damn creepy looking!!!! Tomorrow I'm going to bring it home for the long weekend and feed it some crickets. Apparently they're fun to watch eat. We've decided to call him Abdul. Alison


I had a more intimate experience with a camel spider. I was bitten on my big toe will sleeping in my tent, the wound looks exactly like the picture with the bite on the guys arm. My wound was also cleaned extensively (painfully) and I was given antibiotics. The medics felt the need to document the occasion with a few up close and personal pictures of the puncture wounds left by the camel spiders' fangs. They haven't sent me any copies of the pictures yet, I will send them your way.

Aden
During 1966 / 1967 I was stationed in Aden and had cause to go up to Habilayn on the Yemen border. I came across a camel spider one evening in the arms store where I was working. I killed it and then told one of our medics who disected them for a hobby. When he saw the state of the spider he said it was no good, but let him know when the other one showed up. He told me that they go around in twos or threes. A very sobering thought. The very next day in the same building a spider ran over my mates foot. I cannot repeat what he said. After some grief we did with the aid of the medic catch this one. The are fast, strong and can jump like hell!!! No further spiders were found in our building but the same week anotherpair was found in the serjeant's mess tent. They are not the sort of creature that anyone would want to share a room with. Once seen, definately not forgotten. T. Baker Ex REME


California
I thought I would add a little story for the site if accepted. Back in 1990 we came across a strange looking creature one night. We took it inside, put in a coffee can and commenced on feeding it. It went through 4 black widow spiders, a cricket and a wolf spider (along with its babies) and was still hungry.

It took some research to discover what in the world what this strange thing was, (seeing how there was not a wonderful internet to use), but low and behold we came up with the identity. A "Wind Scorpion" or nicknamed camel spider. This wasnt in the middle east somewhere either. It was in good old southern California at night on the flight line on Marine Corps Air Station Tustin. They can be seen all across the desert here in the states, though they dont reach much larger that a few inches at the biggest. I have had one of Marines find one just nonchelantly crawling up her coveralls and not giving a hoot to the hand swatting away. Here or the middle east, they are an aggressive creature and not one to let get a bit into you. Thought I would share, John D.


Aug 17th,2005 During desert shield I was assigned to the 2nd COSCOM in Saudi Arabia after we had captured a few and like any bored soldier we pitted our spider versus pet spiders from other units. (Cruel but interesting) Our Spider was small and rather hungry; he remained undefeated for about three weeks until our bloated bug was eaten by a smaller and faster spider. SPC. T. Bourland


July 31, 2005 I just found this site this morning while looking for a picture someone said they saw of a 4-5ft camel spider a soldier was holding up. I'm pretty sure it's the picture with the 2 normal sized spiders someone is holding up. Anyway, here's a story. I'm currently in Iraq and sometimes while on guard duty I see these things. A few nights ago four of us were on duty at a little wooden shack. 2 of us were sitting outside in chairs and the other 2 were inside. We'd already seen about 4 fairly small spiders that night so we were glancing around quite a bit. Suddenly there came this scream from inside, "IT'S RIGHT BY YOUR HEAD!!!". Both of them jumped for the door at once at which point she shoved (still screaming) the other guy (who hadn't actually seen the spider) into the wall and flew outside. Once he was out of the way the 3rd guy and I poked our heads inside to see this "monster" spider. There on the wall was the smallest baby camel spider I've seen yet. about the size of a nickel. While 3 of us were doubled over laughing all she could say was, "It looked alot bigger than that when I saw it" -Sgt Schwarz

Mark, July 5, 2005 Yes, I had my first encounter with the infamous (meaning "more than famous"), Camel Spider. I had taken trash to the big dumpster and while throwing everything in I got oil on my hands, but I saw a clean one in the dumpster and reached in and grabbed it. As I stood up I saw something out of the corner of my eye, and let me tell you, it was fast. I jumped back and it raced right under me on the rim of the dumpster, about chest high. When I moved back it jumped (it did not fall!), it jumped towards me, off the dumpster. Luckily, it missed me or I'd have been run out of the army for screaming like a little girl. It ran under the hummvee and I found myself saying to myself "self, 120 is not really that hot, a nice walk (or run) back to the motorpool sounds pretty good". But I decided to try to get a picture of it for everyone and I moved the hummvee forward and tried to find it on the ground, but it had vanished (because thats what spiders do, they know they can scare you more if they pull the "now you see me, now you don't" trick). Now, who says I don't love you guys. I was prepared to face a huge, mutant spider, with nothing between us but a camera, for YOU!! Insurgents are one thing, just as long as the president promises never to send us into caves to destroy the camel spider population. I don't think I'd ever recover from that. I hope you all enjoyed my story, just a little entertainmen at my expense, I can deal with that. So next time you see a spider in your house, don't freak out, I promise you it won't be the size of a rat and look like the thing from Alien that attatches itself to your face (and that's the best I can honestly describe it).


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